Daily Insight for January 31st
The greatest gift you ever receive is the gift of God in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
“God has chosen you and made you his holy people.“ Colossians 3:12. (NCV-New Century Version.)
Brain Tracy, a Canadian-American public speaker said, “The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” Now, if acceptance and unconditional love is the greatest gift, where would you find it? Our today’s insight answers this question.
George Orwell, an English Novelist and Journalist said, “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
Happiness and acceptance goes hand in hand. No happiness without acceptance. The result of acceptance is happiness.
Bible says God chose you and accepted you not because of the works or deeds you had done, but because of His mercy and grace. (2 Timothy 1:9). Because of God’s grace He made you right in His sight and gave you confidence that you will inherit eternal life the moment you die. All these are based on God’s unconditional love, grace, mercy and kindness. God’s acceptance and you being right with God is a gift of God and becomes yours forever and ever upon acceptance of the offer. No gift become ours unless we accept it and hold it as ours. It is the same with God’s gift. The gift of salvation, forgiveness of all sins, eternal life in heaven with God when you die, are all yours upon your acceptance. Listen, Bible says, it is by the grace of God, through the faith in Jesus Christ, you are saved. It is the gift of God-not by any of your works, so that no one can boast in front of God. (Ephesians 2:8-10). Remember you are saved from God’s wrath, granted forgiveness of all sins and eternal life by (1) the grace of God and (2) through faith in Jesus Christ.
Our today’s Bible insight says, “God has chosen you and made you his holy people.” In short, listen, you are already chosen and accepted by God. Bible says in Romans 8:33, It is God who justifies you –means declares you right with God by the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ shed his divine and sinless blood and paid for your sins. Then it says, who can bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? Who can condemn them? The answer is no one can has the right to bring charge against you and condemn you. God declares you holy and complete because of what Jesus Christ has already done for you not based on the personal merit of you.
You see, when a person come to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and accept Him as his savior and Lord immediately at the moment, God accept him as His child. (John 1:12) He is born again into God’s family. However, Jesus also said this and it is recorded in John 6:44, “People cannot come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me.” Therefore, the Father, draws a person to come to Christ and accept Him as his or her savior. Therefore, ultimately it is God who chose you, gives you the required faith and draws you to Jesus Christ so that you can be saved and made holy in His sight.
How many of us want to be accepted by others? All of us, I presume. When we are chosen or selected out of many we get excited, thrilled and joyful. We close our ears with hands in excitement, clap our hands and people who watch us chosen are also very happy and joyful. However, usually our acceptance on this world are based on our performance, works, talents, beauty etc.
If you are accepted and invited by the queen of England and the president of USA, how would you feel?
Think now, the God of Gods, the Lord of Lords, the creator God who is the true of source of all good blessings and wonders have chosen you. How would you feel now? His acceptance of you and His invitation to the ‘white house’, which is heaven is not based on nothing you ever did. His acceptance of you is solely based on what His Son, Jesus Christ, did for you and your acceptance of His free gift of salvation and eternal life. This is the good news, the gospel, the Bible proclaims.
If nobody accept you, do not bother. God has already chosen and accepted you in the person and the work of Jesus Christ. When you understand how big your acceptance is and how high this heavenly call is, your once cherished acceptance of the people and world becomes pale and puny. You are on a higher holy ground than many around you, you recognize. You are the partaker of the heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1). Amazing and wonderful!
God is calling you to become a partaker of heavenly calling – to accept the gift of salvation, forgiveness of sins, blessings and eternal life -by inviting His Son, Jesus Christ into your life.
Got a moment for today’s prayer? “Father in heaven, I accept your gift of salvation, forgiveness of sins and eternal life by inviting Jesus Christ, Your Son into my life. I am sorry for my sins and please forgive me. Come into my life and save me today. Bless me wuth your acceptance and grant me heavenly joy and blessings in my life. I thank you for saving me. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen.”